THE historic gardens of Dalvui homestead will be opened to the public this weekend as part of Open Gardens Australia’s 25th anniversary program.
The property, at 4310 Mackinnons Bridge Road in Noorat, was laid out by master landscaper and designer of Melbourne’s Botanic gardens, William Guilfoyle.
The event coincides with Mr Guilfoyle’s death 100 years ago.
The garden features a spectacular lake, areas of intricate box hedges, rockeries and a hedged kitchen garden that is a peaceful retreat.
Dalvui will be open between 10am and 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Entry is $8 and children under 18 are free. Teas and light lunches will be available and picnickers are welcome.
The homestead will also open its gates next year for the Corangamite Shire Council’s Australia Day celebrations.
Council’s community relations manager Glen Bernoth said the homestead would provide an amazing backdrop to the 2013 awards ceremony.
“Corangamite’s Australia Day celebrations have been really well attended in past years and staging them in such an amazing setting will hopefully encourage even more people to attend and to stay longer for a stroll around the grounds,” he said.
“We approached the owners of Dalvui to host the event there and are thrilled that they jumped at the chance to share the grounds with the community on such an important day.
“There will be live music on the day, tours of the gardens, a free morning tea and importantly, the grounds will provide a family-friendly, open-air venue with no traffic.”
Mr Bernoth said nominations for Australia Day citizen of the year and Australia Day community event of the year closed on October 12.
Winners will be acknowledged on Saturday, January 26.
Nomination forms and guidelines are available on the shire’s website at www.corangamite.vic.gov.au or at the Camperdown civic centre.
For more information contact Catherine O’Flynn on 5593 7165.